Long time user. I was really disappointed. I was not expecting too much but I got less than that. When it boils down to it these are the features as I see them
1] Lower Zone: Can’t actually see the faders in enough detail on a laptop (even when stretched), If you do this you can’t see hardly anything in the project window which defeats the point here. If you really wanted a similar arrangment in C8, then it’s easy to set up. On my dual 49" monitor system its superfluous too I prefer the mixer free. What we need is dockable windows - this is obvious and has been asked for since sx3.
2] Mixer undos. No saving of A and B comparisons, just the history, which is more cumbersome.
3] Sampler tracks - a toy really, no ability to split the keyboard or layer- these very basic facilities missing.
4] EQ is this better than the Voxengo? Possibly…
5] Plugin tweaks - are plugin tweaks, most pros use their own plugins.
6] Side Chaining - has been possible at least since C5.
7] Production grooves - free samples are everywhere. Ok we have some more.
8] Multiple Marker tracks - very welcome.
9] Smaller Racks - welcome.
10] Transport improvements - very welcome.
MIDI improvements - there are none that I can find, hopefully I am wrong?
The color scheme thing is simply awful it cannot be called an improvement, its dark and clashy. The posts here about it here are about how to turn it off.
MIDI is half of a DAW. As a composer I was hoping for at least improved expression maps - why on earth was this not ported from Dorico, which already has a slicker expression map interface?
Many of the behind the scenes minor gui’s can be improved. Take the preferences or VST connections dialogues - why can’t you see if you have loaded your presets? You load a pref, the next time you look there is a blank box. The saving of preferences is also cumbersome and must be done blindly without proper visual feedback. Why is this just left this way over many generations?
No sign of Dorico lite? Well hopefully this will be soon.
Improvements in the way Cubase handles RAM. So much of the time 90% of header samples loaded into RAM are simply superfluous - unnecessarily pushing the daw. When a track is not being edited/recorded most of the samples are not required.
I love Cubase, but it worries me that this can be released as ‘major’ update, its a minor update.
Please, look after your users, I would hate to see Cubase’s reputation descend. All over the web, users are not happy with this release, face up to this fact, put together some proper improvements and release them as a free update soon, or face loosing your reputation for major innovations.